The aim of life for a believer is solely that of being a servant of Allah.
People are not created to fulfil their vain desires and greed, or to pursue
their passions; the one and only reason for our creation is to serve Allah.
The way to achieve this is by taking the Qurâ€™an as our unique
guide. We should give all our attention to applying every decree of
the Qurâ€™an. Our target should be to observe every decree of
the Qur'an as much as possible.
We can see from the Qurâ€™an that the responsibility of the believers
rests not only on decisive verses, such as those on regular prayers,
fasting or hajj but also on prayers that require interpretation. For
instance, in one verse believers are urged to “invite (all)
to the Way of their Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue
with them in ways that are best and most gracious” (Surat an-Nahl,
16:125). The believers can understand this “wisdom and beautiful
preaching” by both applying the Qurâ€™anâ€™s general logic
and manner, and also their own wisdom and understanding.
There are many other responsibilities that require wisdom and understanding.
For example, the Qurâ€™an describes various models of communities,
and informs us of the way we should treat those different kinds of people.
And what should be said to those people is mostly mentioned in the Qurâ€™an
in the verses beginning with, “Say...”.
The verses that advise believers how to behave are clearly described
in the Qurâ€™an. But if these precepts are to be applied to
daily life, instant recognition of their true significance is a must.
At this point, it is the wisdom and understanding of the believers
The Qurâ€™an describes various kinds of people, such as believers,
Christians, Jews, hypocrites and pagans. We must learn the concerned
verses very well, because what actually should be done is to identify
those kinds of people in our society and act towards them as the Qurâ€™an
commands. This is inevitable for being a “living Qurâ€™an”.
Moreover, believers should realize that all the people around us undoubtedly
belong to one or more of the categories of people described in the Qurâ€™an.
All the people exist to form the society described in the Qurâ€™an
and none is created in vain:
“Not for (idle) sport did We create the
heavens and the earth and all that is between!” (Surat al-Anbiya,
However, it is not only the people around us that are described in
the Qurâ€™an. In fact, everything that we see and everything that
happens are indeed reflections of what is written in the Qurâ€™an.
“Soon will We show them our Signs on the
horizons, and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them
that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that your Lord witnesses all
things?” (Surah Fussilat, 41:53)
The whole universe consists of signs of Allah. Just like a
painting presents its painter to the on-lookers, just like every detail
on this painting shows the brush prints of the painter, all the universe
and every detail of this universe exist to present Allah, the Creator
of all things. The more believers realize this fact, the more will they
recognize Allah and painstakingly obey all His decrees. As one comprehends
that life with all its details, is actually a “sign” as
defined in the Qurâ€™an, one will relate everything at every stage
of oneâ€™s “daily life” to the values of the Qurâ€™an.
Everything takes place in accordance with the destiny Allah has determined
and therefore, everything has a purpose. What believers should do is
interpret each event in the light of the Qurâ€™an and react in the
way the Qurâ€™an prescribes. For example when encountered with something
“vain” and idle, the believer should pay no heed to it.
But the fact is; this vain thing is already created so that the believer
pays no heed to it. The believers should interpret every happening according
the perspective of the Qurâ€™an. So, they actually must develop
their culture and characteristics in conformity to the Qurâ€™an,
how Allah decrees. In order to achieve this, they must leave all they
have attained from their ignorant past and society. They should decide
what to do in every circumstance by depending on the interpretation
and logic of the Qurâ€™an, because, the words of Allah show them
the way to handle each situation. As it is said in the Qur'an, it
was sent down to us as a Book “explaining all things” (Surat
TAKEN FROM "THE MORAL VALUES OF THE QUR'AN"
BY HARUN YAHYA, GOODWORD PRESS, INDIA, 1999